How filmmakers are making over £1000 a month from renting out photographic and AV kit

At Raindance, we’ve come across and worked with many independent filmmakers, and have found that those looking take the first step to produce incredible projects struggle to source professional equipment at a reasonable price at a time when funds are short.

A couple of years ago, artist and curator, Dave Charlesworth decided to experiment by renting out his Barco CRT video wall and found that he was making a large sum of money from renting out gear he owned. This led to the creation of KitMapper, a UK based sharing economy rental site for creatives enabling creatives to access photographic and audiovisual equipment. Where you can list kit and make over £1000 or more a month.

There is a reason creatives from all over are flocking to and spreading word about KitMapper. Users of KitMapper are generating so much money that they are investing into other pieces of kit to rent out, it has become a form of a part-time income for many creatives, and renters are making phenomenal savings accessing high-end equipment from local creative professionals.

5 reasons why filmmakers should be using KitMapper

KitMapper is dedicated to Creatives

KitMapper has been built for creatives by creatives, as such, it is run by people who understand the pressure of running projects on budgets and tight schedules. KitMapper is all about making things happen, about expanding your already expansive networks, to help creatives connect through kit. They support and provide filmmakers, photographers, artists and all forms of creatives get access to niche kit for long-term and short-term rentals of kit such as cameras, lenses, lighting, projectors, monitors and TVs, sound recording, VR kit and much more

If you’re a creative you should be signed up to KitMapper, you may not be able to rent out a waffle iron through KitMapper, however, when you’re looking to hire a nice set of primes, a workhorse like Sony FS7 or even harder to find items such as a 35mm Arriflex 235, what’s more you can source it quickly from like-minded people.

Rented kit gets broken? The KitMapper Guarantee covers you

If your kit is subject to an incident during the hire period, KitMapper guarantee that they will reimburse you the cost of repairing the damaged kit or where appropriate the full replacement cost for that piece of kit.Yes, this mean means that your kit is safe hands! All you need to worry about is keeping track of how much you’re making and saving.

Fee on rentals only 14% Lowest in the market

From a Lister’s perspective, you want to make as much money as possible, to make this happen KitMapper is putting their users first by reducing it’s fee on rentals over the winter period from 17.5% to 14%, the lowest in the market.  From a renters point of view, there are no deposit costs therefore both Lister and Renter save an enormous amount of money.

They are experts in the creative industry

Founded by artist and curator Dave Charlesworth, the team has over 30 years’ combined industry experience. Everything they do is underpinned by their mission to facilitate ambitious, creative projects. This means that they have the knowledge and expertise to guide you to the right piece of kit and answers any questions you have via their live online Helpdesk.

Additionally, as the platform is for creatives, it’s a great networking tool for you whether you’re renting to or hiring from other professionals.

KitMapper is super simple and a safe site to use

If you’re lending, just fill out the form, add some photos and list away. Both parties are covered by the KitMapper Guarantee, a legal rental agreement, status tracking, ID verification powered by Experian and trust ratings set by their own community.

Want to join a community that supports and encourages your creative projects? Why not browse through their selection of great cameras near you or sign up and put your kit to work. If you join the community now, you will get 10% off your first rental. All you have to do is select the ‘Raindance’ option on ‘How Did You Hear About Us‘ and a code will be sent to you!

Additionally, this month only KitMapper is giving THREE lucky winners a chance to win a day each in a London studio with access to a Canon 5D and lighting panels for FREE. Sign up to their site or invite a friend to join to be in the chance of winning. It’s a no-brainer. Get joining.

This post is sponsored by KitMapper.

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Watch as 15 Iconic Directors Fawn Over Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

As if you needed more proof that “2001: A Space Odyssey” is one of the greatest, most influential films in history…

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, is regarded as one of the greatest movies ever made. Despite countless articles, academic papers, books, and documentaries attempting to unfurl the many mysteries behind its creative design and storytelling, one thing we know for sure is that the epic sci-fi film has inspired the work of some of histories greatest filmmakers.

In this video by Alejandro Villarreal, we get to hear how Kubrick’s masterpiece (or one of them, at least) not only influenced and ignited the creativity of directors like Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, and Steven Spielberg, but also commanded the attention of film critics as well.

It’s extremely subtle. It’s extremely visual. And the story is razor thin. It was the first time people really took science fiction seriously. —George Lucas

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Large-scale sculptures take over the Australian coastline


Burger bait. A cavalcade of charging horses. A plastic bubble paradise. They’re all sitting on the coastline of Australia.

Every year, the two-kilometre coastal walk from Sydney’s Bondi Beach to Tamarama becomes an open-air gallery for the celebrated Sculpture by the Sea exhibition, with selected artists invited to install sculptural works along the shoreline for three weeks in spring.

Started in 1997 and now featuring 100 works every year, it’s one of Australia’s most popular, free, annual events, attracting half a million visitors in 2016. Read more…

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‘Rick and Morty’ Fans Rage Over Szechuan Sauce Shortage, But McDonald’s Will Make It Right

Rick and Morty - McDonald's Szechuan Sauce Shortage

Over the weekend, Rick and Morty fans had the opportunity to do what Rick Sanchez has been unable to do on the series so far: get their hands on the limited edition Szechuan sauce that was released by McDonald’s in 1998 as a cross-promotion with Disney’s Mulan. It seems like a clever enough promotion by McDonald’s, but they were woefully unprepared for the demand from Rick and Morty fans for the coveted sauce.

Find out about the McDonald’s Szechuan sauce shortage below.

io9 rounded up the experiences that some unhappy fans had over the weekend as they tried to get ahold of the Szechuan sauce. McDonald’s locations had hundreds of fans show up to get their hands on some sauce, but the amount available was even more limited than many thought.

First of all, the sauce was only available in tiny packets, the same that ketchup usually comes in. McDonald’s locations received anywhere from 20 sauce packets to 70 sauce packets, which was nowhere near enough to satisfy the appetite of Rick and Morty fans. The limited edition posters were even less abundant. Nice job, Jerry.

Even in the less populated areas, demand was infinitely higher than what was available. Here in the Midwest, I intended to make an attempt at getting some of the sauce, but roughly 300 people showed up to the location in South Bend, Indiana and there were only 20 sauce packets available and two Szechuan sauce posters made available.

While it was troubling to hear reports that some McDonald’s employees were trying to sell the sauce under the table, that wasn’t nearly as upsetting as the fact that some bad apples felt this was a big enough problem to start fights, with some locations having police involved in the fallout that followed.

McDonald’s heard how angry Rick and Morty fans were, and they responded online with this tweet:

So if you didn’t get your hands on Szechuan sauce this past weekend, you’ll get your chance this winter, and you won’t have to wait in line with hundreds of other people to get your hands on it (or pay stupid amounts of money to get it). Winter may be a couple months away, but at least it’s not nine seasons away.

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‘The Walking Dead’ will finally cross over with ‘Fear,’ says Robert Kirkman


Ever since The Walking Dead got its spinoff (aka prequel) series, Fear the Walking Dead, fans and reporters alike have been badgering the producers behind the two shows about the possibility of a crossover — and apparently said badgering has finally paid off.

“There are two Walking Dead shows, I’m not gonna name them… There is one character that is going to go from one show, that I will not name… and appear in the other show, which I will not name,” series creator Robert Kirkman revealed at the show’s New York Comic Con panel. “So what does that mean, because these timelines, how does that work? Are we going to see an interesting backstory of a Walking Dead character showing up in Fear the Walking Dead, or are we going to see a Fear the Walking Dead character show up in The Walking Dead, and see a future version of a character? What’s gonna happen? Is it going to be something completely different than that? Who knows?” Read more…

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Police kindly request people stop calling 911 over this decapitated body


Apparently it’s a little too early for Halloween decorations. 

The sheriff’s department in Greene County, Tennessee, posted an informative PSA to its Facebook page Wednesday, informing residents that the headless body located under the bloody garage on Chuckey Pike is not actually a dead body.

“THIS IS A HALLOWEEN DECORATION!” the post reads. “Do NOT call 911 reporting a dead body. Instead, congratulate the homeowner on a great display.”

It’s just someone getting into the spirit of Halloween, not a terrible garage accident.  Read more…

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‘BoJack Horseman’: An Inside Look at How the Show Makes Us Cry Over an Animated Horse

Director and animator Anne Walker Farrell discusses the challenges and mechanics of convincingly bringing a horse-man to life.

In the world of cinema, there are many filmmakers who will tell you that comedy is the absolute most difficult thing you can do. Evoking a laugh from audiences is nearly impossible. Other filmmakers will claim that good drama is the toughest thing to create. After all, getting people to buy into the lives of strangers for two hours is no easy task. But what about combining the two? Apparently, you should only try if you’re putting together an animated show about a world where anthropomorphic animals live alongside humans in peace.

BoJack Horseman is the story of a washed-up sitcom-star who now struggles to find his way in life as he battles through depression, anxiety, and issues of identity. It’s one of television’s most poignant shows, and it has the ability to make you sob in pain and laugh out loud within the smallest time frame in a way that no other show can.

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Superhero Bits: Batman: Arkham Video Games May Be Over, Nicolas Cage Talks Superman & More

The Punisher - Jon Bernthal

How much did Spider-Man: Homecoming make in its opening weekend at the China box office? Which character did James Gunn say will not be making an appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3? Will there be anymore Batman: Arkham video games in the near future? Would Kevin Conroy ever voice a Marvel character? What very Nicolas Cage-y thing did Nicolas Cage say about his abandoned Superman movie with Tim Burton? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

Last week shooting #newmutants

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Director Josh Boone shared this image from the set of The New Mutants, featuring the comic book title logo.

Arrow executive producer Wendy Mericle talked about Samandra Watson, an FBI agent debuting in season six.

Spider-Man Homecoming Chinese Poster

Spider-Man: Homecoming pulled in $ 70.2 million in its opening weekend in China, which is quite the debut.

Margot Robbie believes she’ll be playing Harley Quinn again in 2018, but she doesn’t know for which movie.

Here’s a sneak peek of the Wonder Woman gag reel coming on the home video release of the DC Comics movie.

Director James Gunn says fans shouldn’t expect to see Vance Astro appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

The Punisher - Deborah Ann Woll Ebon Moss-Bachrach - The Punisher

Netflix released a batch of new photos from Marvel’s The Punisher, as well as a poster, but still no release date yet.

Production on the Spider-Man spin-off Venom has been pushed nearly a month with a start date of October 23.

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Join Over 81K Filmmakers to Kick Off This Year’s Free CineSummit Director’s Event

With experts like Martín Rosete, Verena Soltitz, and the legend who created the lightsaber, Roger Christian, this is bound to be the most memorable CineSummit yet.

It’s that time of year again! Tens of thousands of filmmakers from all over the globe are gearing up to take part in the 2017 CineSummit, the world’s largest educational event for filmmakers. If you’re unaware of what CineSummit is and what it’s all about, it’s a two-day event that gives filmmakers of all levels of experience a chance to learn from some of the most exciting, sought-after directors and cinematographers working today. The best part about it, though, is that it’s 100% online and 100% free.

Here’s a promo to get you started:

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